2008: 40. Cards on the Table

“”My dear Monsieur Poirot!”

It was a soft purring voice - a voice used deliberately as an instrument - nothing impulsive or unpremeditated about it.”

Cards on the Table, Agatha Christie

This is one of my favorite Christie books - I think I even did a book report on  it once - despite the fact that it centers on a bridge game, and I could not know less about the game.  Here is the premise.  Mr. Shaitana, a nasty little man (the kind that is always called “a dago” by the bluff types in the book) plans a nasty little party, with four detectives (Poirot, Mrs. Oliver, Colonel Race and Superintendent Battle) and four people that Shaitana suggests have gotten away with murder (it is not clear until the end whether he is correct in his supposition).  It seems like a perfectly nice party, until the host ends up murdered in the middle of a bridge game, while the play goes on.  The detectives are out - they were in a different room, but one of the murderers committed a crime in cold blood.  It is a great little murder, with the nasty back stories, and the cold blooded killing, and has a nice satisfying ending.  Great, great fun.

Date/Place Completed: 3/110/08; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction, Re-Read; Agatha Christie Project

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